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July 5, 2021

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Rescuers Respond for Possible Water Rescue; Party Located Safely

Boulder County, Colo. -

On Sunday, July 4, 2021 at approximately 6:05 P.M., deputies from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, and members of Boulder County Emergency Services, along with members of the Lyons Fire Protection District responded to LaVerne Johnson Park located at 600 Park Dr. in the Town of Lyons for a water rescue. A 15-year-old juvenile male was reported to have been swept down the N. St. Vrain Creek without a lifejacket while riding on an innertube.

Additional resources responded to assist in the search which included Hygiene Fire Protection District, City of Longmont Fire Department, City of Boulder Fire Department, Mountain View Fire Protection District, American Medical Response, Front Range Rescue Dogs, Boulder Emergency Squad, and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocates.

At approximately 8:09 PM, the missing juvenile returned to LaVerne Johnson Park after tubing down the river and getting out after his innertube deflated, then walking back to the park. The juvenile male sustained minor injuries and was reunited with his family. The rescue took approximately two hours. The juvenile male was unfamiliar with the area, so he took an indirect route back to the park which caused the delay in locating him.

The rescue was documented under Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number 21-3095.

/s/Sgt. Sears